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National ENERGY GLOBE Award United States 2014

June 13, 2014

Submitted by: PlanetReuse

With more than 160 participating countries and over 1000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

The implementers of this project saw a need in the industry, knowing both the design and construction hurdles with building material reuse. While managing and building projects with many sustainable goals, and the project teams struggles making the connections to prevent materials from going to the landfill, they saw a missing component to making reuse a viable alternative to new. Building material reuse provides triple-bottom-line value, meaning it saves money, conserves natural resources and creates positive social outcomes such as job creation and local economic development. Clients feel good about the money they save, being environmentally responsible and supporting local jobs.

What if reclaimed and repurposed materials were used instead of new ones to build and renovate projects? What if precious resources could be conserved, and usable materials headed for the landfill could be rescued? What if projects looking for reclaimed materials could be easily connected with the demolition deconstruction companies that have those materials? PlanetReuse makes it possible. The series of projects highlights a sampling of national reuse efforts by the company to increase the use of reclaimed materials in a way that is propelling construction forward, while exemplifying 'reuse' as the clear alternative to buying new, and allowing tons of materials to be diverted from the landfill. PlanetReuse's mission is to reduce landfill material from the CD industry from 40% to 30% by 2020. Each project by this innovation utilized reclaimed, reused, or salvaged material in innovative and creative ways, adding to the aesthetic of the project. So far this project has increased carpet tile reuse 1,023% from one year to the next with one of the largest carpet tile manufacturers in the world, helped source over 100,000 board foot of reclaimed wood material on the Greensburg High School project, and many more projects in almost every state in the United States.

Nathan Benjamin has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering, with emphasis in Construction Management. He is founder and CEO of PlanetReuse and InvenQuery. Along with his team, he owns and operates PlanetReuse with all day-to-day transactions, financials, brokering, public speaking, outreach, sales, etc. Nathan is an Eagle Scout and is of the mentality of leaving your environment better than when you found it. Reusing building materials allows him to "leave it better than you found it.”

"There are three R’s in the old mantra, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” As a population occupying this amazing planet, we need to be better stewards of this land and focus more on the first two Rs, reduce and reuse in everything we do, so many future generations can enjoy it as we have. Reuse things and repeat as many times as possible, before recycling."

Nathan Benjamin,
National ENERGY GLOBE Award United States 2014

Responsible interaction with nature and our resources is key to leaving an intact environment to future generations. This year’s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in the United States increases the reuse of reclaimed materials from demolition companies in new construction projects. This great initiative reduces the amount of materials that would traditionally have been headed for the landfill and through this reuse avoids the energy and CO2 intensive production of new building materials, greatly benefitting our environment. Congratulations for this great initiative and your achievements!